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|Title: ||Fotografia de viatges, setembre 2008|
|Authors: ||Marín Amatller, Antoni|
|Issue Date: ||16-Sep-2008|
|Publisher: ||Universitat Oberta de Catalunya|
|Type: ||Lecture notes|
|Abstract: ||The current popularization of photography has two different aspects. On the one hand, increasing possibilities for publication and diffusion, largely based on Web 2.0 resources, allow us, more than ever before, to share our travels, to maintain connections with our travel companions without the classic limitations of factors of time and space. On the other hand, innovations in photographic devices and improvements in software and photographic processing equipment offer the possibility of obtaining the kinds of quality results that until recently were exclusively the province of advanced amateurs.
A simplistic vision could lead us to conclude that the easing of the classic difficulties of photography, as a result of the coming of digital technology, clearly make the task of the photographer go more smoothly. Improvements in the automatisms of light treatment, electronic focusing devices, and so many other technical advances obviously facilitate taking photographs. But the capacity to develop a personal style, the particular vision that each photographer has of the world, is something that depends on the person and that, in all cases, may be facilitated by technical advances but can never be replaced by them.
Travel is an opportunity for the photographer, the possibility to have new experiences, to get to know other cultures, capture undreamed-of landscapes or to reflect city environments different from those they are accustomed to. A photographer can travel out of pure personal interest, for the motivation of obtaining images that never leave their albums, audiovisual presentations or their website. But they may also go in search of photographs that will perhaps be part of exhibitions or other types of personal projects.
This course aims to link photographic knowledge with the needs that in this sense are derived from one's travels. The discovery of urban expanses, the application of composition in urban landscapes or in vast open spaces and the nature or impact of other cultures are relevant subjects when the traveller picks up a camera to reflect their experience. Furthermore, the photographer is a person who reflects what they see in light, sensitive to changes, able to treat and manipulate light.|
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